What is SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It might sound complex, but it’s really not. SSL Certificates authenticate your website’s identity, and encrypt the information visitors enter on your site. This keeps thieves from “overhearing” any exchange between that Web page and another computer. When you have an SSL Certificateprotecting your website, your customers can rest assured that the information they send is secured and can’t be viewed by cyber crooks.
What’s Special About GoDaddy.com SSL Certificates
Like other SSL Certificates, GoDaddy.com SSL Certificates ensure that sensitive information is kept securely encrypted and safe from prying eyes. What’s more, Go Daddy’s rigorous authentication guarantees that our Certificates are issued only to entities whose existence and domain ownership can be verified.
Go Daddy SSLs offer industry-leading security and versatility:
- – Fully validated
- – Up to 256-bit encryption
- – 99% browser recognition
- – Stringent authentication
GoDaddy.com SSL certificates support both industry-standard 128-bit (used by banks to safeguard sensitive data) and high-grade 256-bit SSL encryption to protect online transactions.
The actual encryption strength on a secure connection is determined by the user’s browser and the server that the website resides on. For example, the combination of a Firefox® browser and an Apache 2.X Web server secured by a GoDaddy.com certificate results in up to 256-bit encryption.
Encryption strength is measured in key length — or the number of bits in the key. To decipher an SSL communication, one would need to generate the correct decoding key. Mathematically speaking, 2n possible values exist for an n-bit key. Thus, 40-bit encryption involves 240 possible values. 128- and 256-bit keys involve a staggering 2,128 and 2,256 possible combinations respectively, rendering the encrypted data virtually immune to decryption by an unauthorized party.
Even with a brute-force attack (the process of systematically trying all possible combinations until the right one is found), cracking a 128- or 256-bit encryption is computationally unfeasible.